- Special Envoy to China Mon Tulfo said that Filipino workers are “lazy” and “slowpoke”
- However, he firmly said that he is not apologizing for his controversial remark
- The Palace has also spoken regarding the issue
Broadcaster and Special Envoy to China Ramon “Mon” Tulfo Jr. said that he is not apologizing for his controversial remark, calling the Filipino workers “lazy” and “slowpoke.” KAMI learned that the Palace has also spoken regarding Tulfo’s recent statement.
“To the Filipino construction workers: Why should I apologize to you for telling the truth that you’re basically lazy and a slowpoke? Does the truth hurt?” Tulfo said, as reported by GMA News (author Joviland Rita).
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KAMI reported earlier that Tulfo addressed the issue of influx in the country in terms of foreign workers. He emphasized that it was because of the employers’ preference that the Chinese workers are more industrious than the Filipinos.
“Alam mo bakit nila preferred, ‘yung mga developers, ‘yung Chinese workers? Masipag,” the Special Envoy said.
“‘Yung Pinoy workers…‘pag pupunta sa job site, tsaka lang doon sila magpe-prepare ng kanilang tools, whereas ‘yung mga Chinese preparado na,” he added.
Meanwhile, the netizens reacted on Tulfo’s remark. Many defended the Filipino workers, but some also agreed with the Special Envoy at some point.
According to a report by the Inquirer (author Darryl Esguerra), the Palace said that Tulfo’s remark is part of his “freedom of expression.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also mentioned that Tulfo was just “restating” what the developers have told him.
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